Development and Urbanization
This paper regards a historical context is crucial to be able to fully understand a neighbourhood or a city. Besides, neighbourhood resident is the most significant group to sustain prosperity of the neighbourhood and the city as a whole. However, it is also important to make a balance between the old and new, as well as the local and external forces. The paper elucidates how a memorial gathering of a historical event bringing the neighbourhood to be a ‘shared place with shared meanings’. This complements to an understanding of an everyday life of the neighbourhood and adds a layer to the city knowledge. Wua-lai is one of the oldest neighbourhoods, situated in the outer walled area, of Chiang Mai. Its diversified layers of history, not only gives meaning to the neighbourhood itself but also to Chiang Mai city. After King Kawila rebuilt the city after a long period of occupation by the Burmese. During the World War II, the Japanese troop chose to camp at (Wat) Muen-sarn Temple in the neighbourhood. Many Japanese soldiers were survived and stayed at Wat Muen-sarn when the war was ended. For over twenty years, each year on the 15 August the Japanese as well as the neighbourhood residents gather in the temple for an emotional memorial ceremony. This shows a special sympathy between the temple, the neighbourhood resident and the Japanese and can be termed as one of the human ecology of city from the bottom up.